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The objective of the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) is to improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities.
Key program outcomes include:
- new or enhanced regional municipal services
- improved municipal capacity to respond to priorities
- effective intermunicipal relations
In total, the 2021/22 ACP budget is $25.4 million.
The government increased the program’s budget to provide $10 million to meet its obligations under the Alberta Senate Election Amendment Act and Referendum Act. This funding will cover a portion of the costs incurred by municipalities to conduct Senate elections and referendum on behalf of the province.
Project eligibility under the competitive Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) component is focused on projects pursuing regional approaches to service delivery. Project priority is for regional municipal service delivery frameworks that align with broader regional or municipal priorities and initiatives, including those that move municipalities forward through the economic downturn and pandemic. This includes new or enhanced regional emergency management frameworks, and regional plans for emergency preparedness or disaster mitigation.
Intermunicipal Collaboration evaluation criteria has been updated to reflect a stronger focus on regional benefits, with additional information provided to assist applicants to complete their applications.
Under the Municipal Internship (MI) component, all three streams (administrator, finance officer and land-use planner) have been simplified. Internships are now 18-months long, with grant funding changed to $60,000 per intern to reflect the change in term.
Email notification of Statement of Funding and Expenditure (SFE/grant reporting) certification has been discontinued; grant recipients are able to track SFE status on Alberta Community Partnership Online (ACPO), which can be accessed through MAConnect – see below for details.
- Municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, improvement districts and special areas)
- Metis Settlements
- Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society
- Calgary Metropolitan Region Board and Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board
- Municipally controlled planning service agencies (eligible only under the Municipal Internship component to host a Land Use Planner intern)
Eligible projects and components
The government provides funding to partnerships of 2 or more municipalities to develop regional plans, service delivery frameworks and regional service delivery efficiencies.
The deadline for 2021/22 IC applications is January 5, 2022.
The government provides funding to municipalities involved with regional governance and municipal restructuring processes such as amalgamation, dissolution or viability reviews.
The deadline for 2021/22 MR applications is February 4, 2022.
Mediation and Cooperative Processes
The government provides funding to municipalities to develop collaborative protocols and processes, to proactively manage conflict, and to establish an agreed-upon process for collaboration.
The government provides funding to support municipalities for mediation, facilitation or other dispute resolution alternatives to resolve intermunicipal conflict, and to assist with intermunicipal negotiations.
The deadline for 2021/22 MCP applications is February 4, 2022.
The government provides funding to municipalities and planning service agencies to recruit, train and retain competent municipal employees who may pursue careers in municipal administration, finance or land-use planning.
Refer to the program guidelines for information regarding all program components.
The deadline for 2021/22 MI applications is October 15, 2021.
How to apply
Step 1. Read the guidelines
Step 2. Complete and submit the application
Applicants are required to fill out and submit their applications through Alberta Community Partnership Online (ACPO), which is accessed through MAConnect, the web portal that provides external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications.
ACPO gives municipalities the ability to:
- create, edit and submit ACP applications online
- view and track the status of ACP applications
- view agreement, payment and reporting summary information for projects funded under ACP or the former Regional Collaboration Program (RCP)
- create, edit and submit ACP or RCP amendment requests
- create, edit, submit, and track the status of ACP or RCP Statements of Funding and Expenditures
Municipalities already signed up for MAConnect can request staff access to ACPO through the municipality's MAConnect Stakeholder Administrator.
The Stakeholder Administrator is the person delegated to manage access to applications in MAConnect on behalf of the municipality through the MAConnect Stakeholder Agreement. If the municipality needs to assign another Stakeholder Administrator, a request can be emailed to [email protected].
Municipalities without access to MAConnect will need to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to ACPO.
Once the Stakeholder Agreement has been signed and returned to Municipal Affairs, the municipality will be able to request access to ACPO through their designated Stakeholder Administrator.
For more information, read the ACPO User Guide (PDF, 1.3 MB).
After you apply
Funding decisions will be made by March 31 of the program year. Applicants will be advised in writing of the status of their submission and a list of successful projects will be posted annually.
An amendment is required if the project scope or time period to use grant funds changes after project approval. However, municipalities are strongly encouraged to complete projects by the completion date identified in their conditional grant agreement.
Applicants are required to fill out and submit their amendment requirements through ACPO, accessed through MAConnect.
For all components, final reporting is due within 60 days after the project completion date, unless otherwise stated.
All applicants and grant recipients are required to submit their Statements of Funding and Expenditures (SFE) through ACPO, which is accessed through MAConnect. Additional reporting may be required under some components.
Connect with the ACP program:
Grants and Education Property Tax Branch
Alberta Municipal Affairs
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4
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